Thursday, March 3, 2011

takin' it to the streets

Alice came to a fork in the road. "Which road do I take?" she asked.
"Where do you want to go?" responded the Cheshire cat.
"I don't know," Alice answered.
"Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."
~Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


while we were refueling at the hotel in washington, d.c, i asked jessica what her favorite part of the trip was thus far....  rather than speaking, she wrote...
notice she also liked the breakfast buffet
we were looking for a place to eat after our long haul the first day, after frolicking to the 95 most important places to experience in the nation's capitol (over the course of a lifetime for most)....so i took it upon myself to interview a few random people on and around pennsylvania avenue as we walked aimlessly (and almost painfully), of course these enthusiastic impromptu tour guides were college-aged, those who know their "fine" establishments.  we wound up walking 8,000 blocks to 7th street which leads up to chinatown, but tucked nicely in (or almost adjacent to) chinatown are several very welcoming irish pubs.  with fantastic food.  a couple of my guides recommended the same place, fado, which is where we wound up on the first day and the last.

we took a tour of the capitol building, and here are just a few pictures....
the rotunda, just amazing

extreme close-ups of the rotunda sky

more of the rotunda

still more...



and more

and more.... 







listening intently






close up of "freedom"  atop the capitol

proud to wave his flag




flag waving is hard work


obama!




world war II memorial

lincoln memorial




holy walking, batman

vietnam memorial


the white house from afar

tourists

as per our guides

a welcomed sight



refueled and ready... smithsonian air and space museum 










to the subway, jeeves...


some souvenirs...

and back up...
tell the cheshire cat, we knew where we wanted to go....

3 comments:

  1. Loved it Nicole!! I'm "Futterwacken"! :) Charlotte

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  2. That was rude of Abe not to get up and say hello.

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  3. Very nice pictures Nicole! Love the comments! Richard :)

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